Set to involve up to 700 clubs around the country, chief executive officer David Gallop has pencilled in the FFA Cup for an April-2014 start
|By RYAN McGEE
The FFA Cup could be set to kick-off as early as next year, with an Australia Day final date being ready for 2015.
Football Federation Australia chief executive officer David Gallop, talking at the AAP Sports Editors Conference on Wednesday, said up to seven hundred clubs around the country could take part in the competition.
"There are people at the FFA working on it now," he said.
"There will be six or seven hundred teams involved and we all know about the FA Cup, we all get up for it, the chance for those [smaller] teams to come through.
"The grand plan is to hold an Australia Day grand final of the FFA Cup."
The tournament is likely to start in April 2014, with the reported final date of January 26, 2015 to clash with an Asian Cup semi-final.
The FFA's official account took to Twitter soon after to state that the Asian Cup was "the priority".
The FFA Cup would also maintain Australian football's presence during the winter months, in order to continue the sport's increasing popularity throughout the country.
"We all grew up getting up at night to watch the FA cup, dreaming of maybe playing in it, so we know how exciting a cup competition can be," Gallop said.
A-League teams enter the competition in September or October, around the same time as the beginning of the A-League season.